I just received an email with 2 beautiful photos. The first is of a little girl with a wonderful head of brown hair and big curious eyes sitting in a bouncy seat. The second is of her swimming for the first time with her father and big sister. The 3 of them had HUGE smiles on their faces, MashaAllah. It melted my heart to see who the photos were from…RZ…one of the families who used this blog to gather information on how to get in touch and ultimately adopt the beautiful little girl in the photos from La Creche in Tangier, Morocco. I had the opportunity to speak with RZ a few times before she traveled to Morocco and I’m so delighted that everything worked out for her and her family.
Congratulations RZ! Wishing you a lifetime of health, happiness, and love!!
The day we brought Ayoub home from La Creche
**I started to write this post the day we brought Ayoub home, May 24, 2010. I got very busy in my new role as Mom and haven’t been able to finish and post it until today, September 17!**
On our trip back to Morocco to be with Ayoub, Farhan arrived 2 days before me and was able to get things setup for us. He visited Ayoub and found that he had changed sooo much! It seems like he had blossomed in the 2 weeks we were away from him: he gained weight and rounded out a bit, smiled alot, and was generally more engaging and responsive than during our previous visit.
I had arrived on a Sunday and setup everything in the apartment (we rented for a week and then were looking for long-term housing). Earlier in the day we went to visit him at the orphange. I had butterflies in my stomach at the thought of seeing him again…I was SOOOO excited to hold and play with him! I wanted to run in the door and up the stairs to him but I didn’t. I casually walked in and greeted all of the ladies there with hugs and kisses. But to see him again was amazing…this little person had captured our hearts in such a powerful way that it was overwhelming! I don’t think Farhan and I had been so giddy like that in a while. He looked great and we had a wonderful visit with him. It wasn’t difficult to leave him that day because we hoped to bring him to live with us in less than 24 hours.
On Monday, we visited the orphanage and had been told earlier that we would be able to take him home, but were prepared that it might not happen. We arrived and met Fatima who went with us to visit the person in charge of making that decision to grant us kefala muaqita (temporary custody). He met us graciously and we sat with him for a bit. I was extremely nervous and quiet (imagine that!). He told us that we had received temporary custody of Ayoub and then a weight lifted off of both us. I started to cry. Our lives had changed so much in such a beautiful way in that one moment. Finally, we would bring home our baby and our dreams of having a family were a reality.
We went back to La Creche and the nurses got Ayoub ready to go. I was practically bouncing around helping to get Ayoub ready while Farhan video taped us. We took pictures with everyone and were finally able to take him downstairs and out the front door. On the way out we stopped and took pictures with Haja Naima. I started to cry again and thanked her for having confidence in us. She is a very gracious woman, mashaAllah.
And then we did it: we walked out of the orphanage and into the world as parents. It was like the decade of trying to conceive, fertility treatments and the emotional rollercoaster that goes with it were all meant to lead us to Ayoub. And it did. And I would do it all over again in a heartbeat.
There are no coincidences in life. Only journeys that we may not understand at the time but ultimately lead us to where we’re supposed to be.